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# Michael D Higgins

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# #4outof6
The first debate of the 2018 Áras race has taken place: here's what we learned
The first official debate took place on RTÉ Radio’s News at One this afternoon.
# campaign launch
Higgins says he is 'totally open' to transparency in the President's expenses, says he feels fitter than in 2011
President Higgins’s campaign launch saw him field a number of questions on subjects from his expenses to freedom of information and the Presidency.
'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance
Questions surrounding the payment were raised at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.
# aras 18
Confusion reigns in PAC over 'bizarre' €317,000 annual allowance to the President
The Comptroller and Auditor General said today he had no oversight over the payment.
# Public Accounts Committee
Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem
A number of people have argued that the move by the PAC is unconstitutional.
# Up for debate
Debate Update - It's moving to Thursday, Sean Gallagher is in (sort of), but things are less clear for Michael D
The incumbent has officially announced his candidacy this afternoon.
# Papers Please
Michael D Higgins has officially thrown his hat in the ring for the upcoming election
The President is now officially a candidate for re-election.
# Race for the Áras
Last remaining councils to meet to nominate their presidential candidate
Other than Michael D Higgins, there are five people on the ballot paper so far.
# housing protester
Security at Áras under review after woman 'walks unchallenged into President's office'
Gardaí are conducting two reviews following the incident.
# aras 2018
Poll: Should there be an Áras costs inquiry before the presidential election?
The total breakdown of Áras costs isn’t publicly available; but some have said that the timing of an inquiry is “politically motivated”.
# Tweetgate
Broadcasters warned about use of social media in presidential election coverage
‘Tweetgate’ somewhat overshadowed the presidential election in 2011.
# Money Money Money
Spending by the Office of the President to be scrutinised next week
The Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach has warned the committee it could be in breach of the Constitution.
# aras 18
No mudslinging at the Ploughing - but Sean Gallagher was waiting in the wings for Michael D
The 2018 candidates availed of every opportunity to press the flesh today.
# Aras18
'That has to be settled': Michael D Higgins refuses to say whether he'll partake in presidential debates
The incumbent president announced earlier this summer that he would seek a second term in office.
# kevin sharkey is out
Kevin Sharkey pulls out of presidential race citing 'corruption', gives backing to Gemma O'Doherty
Sharkey is the first person to pull out of the race.
# state of the race
New poll suggests President Higgins is on course for a landslide re-election
The rivals for the office have a lot of ground to make up.
# park it
'An insult to the office of President': Dublin councillors not at all happy with standard of today's presentations
The council voted not to back any of the hopefuls who addressed them today.
# Endorsements
Number of councils to vote on who they endorse for the presidential election
Presidential hopefuls must secure the support of four local authorities, or 20 TDs and senators to stand in the election.
# 8th Referendum
Supreme Court decides not to hear challenge to 8th referendum vote, paving way for abortion legislation
The challenge was taken by a woman who complained about irregularities in voter numbers during the vote.
# arms race
Higgins says UN members are fuelling current and future wars
He said institutions like the United Nations are “imperfect” but needed.
# Aras18
Peacekeeping and disabilites on the agenda as Sean Gallagher to formally begin presidential campaign
The businessman announced last week that he would contest the presidential race again following weeks of speculation.
# Confidence
'100%, I have full belief that we will qualify for this next tournament coming up'
Despite the failure to qualify for the World Cup, there was a feel-good factor about Ireland’s 4-0 win in Tallaght last night.
# Centenary
Calls to move Presidential Inauguration date as it will clash with Armistice Day memorial
Labour and Sinn Féin said the date should be changed.
# Race Is On
Sean Gallagher confirms he WILL seek a nomination to run for president
After weeks of speculation, the former candidate has formally declared he will seek to run again.
# d day
Presidential election to be held on Friday 26 October
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy confirmed the news this morning.
# what do you think
Poll: Do you think gambling ads should be banned from sports?
There’s a sharper focus on sports adverts and the detrimental effect they could have on young people.
# Presidential Race
Duffy says Higgins speaks to people's heads but he speaks to their hearts
The businessman also said he wouldn’t be a ‘Trump president’.
# Addiction
Michael D Higgins wants gambling ads banned from sport
He said that he was concerned when he read some of the cases of gambling among sporting athletes.
# off the rack
What happens next in the presidential election race?
We’re a touch clearer now but we still don’t know who’s going to be on the ballot.
# Race for the Áras
The next President of Ireland - ranked from most to least likely
Michael D Higgins is the man to beat.
# gone
Gerard Craughwell says he's not running for the presidency because he can't afford it
The senator had previously been vocal about his desire to run against Michael D Higgins.
# joan freeman
Founder of Pieta House writes to councils seeking support for presidential run
Joan Freeman said it is her lifelong ambition to “deliver a better quality of life”.
# dogs of instagram
We need an Instagram account devoted to Michael D's dogs Bród and Síoda immediately
Bród and Síoda for President!
# Presidential Election
Gerard Craughwell on his combative Twitter personality and what he thinks of Michael D
The independent senator says the main political parties have narrowed down the path to an Áras nomination.
# Hat in the Ring
'I'm a political animal': Former Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke considering a presidential run
Burke said he had been approached by locals in his area and younger members of his own team about possibly mounting an election bid.
# Presidential Race
'He deserves a second term': Fine Gael to support Michael D Higgins' bid for re-election
Fianna Fáil has also said it will support the incumbent president.
# voxpop
Should Michael D Higgins seek a second term as President? We hit the streets to ask
The announcement was made earlier today after months of speculation.
# Gone pitching
Michael D makes first pitch to Irish public for second term as president
Higgins has credited his decision to run to the recent conversations he has had with people across all sections of Irish society.
# Rás to the Áras
Gerard Craughwell says he'll do his utmost to challenge Michael D for the presidency
Michael D Higgins confirmed this morning that he would seek a second term in the Áras.
# d day
Confirmed: Michael D Higgins says he WILL seek a second term as president
The President has confirmed he will seek a second term in the Áras, as had been widely expected.